Fairfax House was created in 1762 to be a townhouse for the powerful Fairfax family during York’s winter social season. It was also intended to be a dowry for the Fairfaxes' daughter, Anne, although she remained unmarried. Though extensively adapted in the 20th century as a movie theater and dance hall, Fairfax House has been returned to its former glory for you to explore. As you roam through the house, be transported to the splendor of city living in Georgian York with one of the finest collections of English 18th-century furniture in the world. Discover the tastes and fashions of the day for architecture, interior design, and food, and the customs and habits of York’s elite. If you have young ones to entertain, children’s trail guides are available from reception. Add Fairfax House to your York travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our York online road trip planner.
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Fairfax House Reviews
Lovingly restored with period furnishings that evoke life in Georgian times. There are guided tours and audio guides but there are also knowledgeable guides in most rooms making a self-guided tour... more »
We went here when we were in York for pre-christmas shopping so it was set up inside as if it were Christmas time. The room guides were very helpful and explained things about the house and the... more »
Pleasant out of the way museum about three minutes walk away from Clifford's Tower. Well presented and airy inside, uses a building which I believe used to be a cinema. Accessible parking is available on request.
Stunning house. Interesting and knowledgeable staff. Glad to see the house returned to most of its former glory. We joined historic houses so got in free.
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